Cook Islands prisoner allegedly shoots himself ending Police standoff
Avarua: A standoff between Police and an escaped prisoner in the Cook Islands has ended. Christopher Rimamotu escaped from prison on Rarotonga yesterday while on a day release for a community work scheme and is believed to have fatally shot two people while on the run. Unconfirmed reports said Rimamotu allegedly shot himself while holed up in an abandoned house in Vaima’anga and had been dead for some hours.
In a statement, the Police said the situation was contained but that no further information would be released while the investigation was underway. Rimamotu had served one-and-a-half years of a seven-year sentence for kidnapping and sexually assaulting a young girl. RNZI RNZI